Since its introduction to the world in 2007, the iPhone has come a long way. Originally coined as the ‘God Phone’ for its superiority above all other handsets; the iPhone has gone onto do much more than just provide something new to speak into. Apple has in fact changed the way people interact with each other and with themselves. In nearly six years, Apple have released 6 phones….so in ten years time are we going to see the iPhone16? Maybe! Let’s have a look at the evolution of the iPhone.
Dating back to 2003, Steve Jobs saw the potential that mobile telecommunication had. Instead of working on follow ups to the Newton PDA, Jobs focussed on the iPod and software for iTunes. In 2005 Apple and Motorola collaborated and released the ROKR E1; the first phone to feature iTunes software. However, Jobs was not happy with ROKR, simply because he felt Motorola diluted the Apple ethos. In 2006, Jobs broke off the collaboration and released the newest version of iTunes which featured mysterious references to an unknown mobile phone.
In 2007 the iPhone was launched; it was a phone like no other. It featured a two megapixel camera, 3.5” LCD screen, touchscreen, Youtube, mail, safari internet….and most of all looked fantastic. The phone was seen as a gamechanger, selling 700,000 units in the first weekend of release. However, at this point apps were not available – it wasn’t until 2008 till iPhone users could ‘get an app for that’.
The iPhone 3 was all about apps though at the beginning, people didn’t know really how apps could help them that much. However, as soon as developers saw the raw potential in designing apps which planned shopping lists and told you train journey updates – the app boom’ really took off.
Released in 2008, the iPhone 3 boasted a range of new features including photo/video MMS, copy and paste, improved reception and battery life. The iPhone 3 sold 1 million units on the first weekend of release. The iPhone 3 also featured Google Maps, which was just plain fantastic.
The 3GS was released in 2009. It was just a slicker, more powerful version of its predecessor.
The most noticeable change in the iPhone 4 was the design; the stainless steel frame acts as the mobile’s antenna. Along with all the general upgrades like speed, power and battery life the iPhone 4 featured Facetime. Facetime is a video calling application for the iPhone which uses a secure internet connection to connect two people together visually.
The 4S sold 4 million units in its opening weekend. By this time 15 billion apps had been downloaded; nearing 500,000 available apps online. SIRI was introduced with the 4S, which allowed users to talk to their phones to carry out functions.
The iPhone 5 is the latest release from Apple. The device received positive reviews from both critics and users. Here is a breakdown of the latest features:
• Bigger and brighter screen
• Faster network
• Improved Audio
• Quicker/Enhanced HDR camera
• Facetime over 4G
• Better social media synthesis
• Siri is more understanding.
The online world is always buzzing with new Apple rumours. According to multiple online sources, the world could be fed the newest Apple addition in August 2013, less than a year after the release of the iPhone 5. Speculations are that the iPhone will now feature more colours and sizes, and even perhaps a few secret gems thrown in there as well.
Only time will tell as to what the world is in for with the future releases of iPhones but with stiff competition from Samsung, Nokia and Windows, Apple might have to up their game to keep their users happy!
Many thanks to Jenny Ann Beswick and the Dialtosave Calls team who worked together and wrote this article. Keep in touch and let us know what you think will be released next for the iPhone range!